Remembering the dreaded summers of polio
By David Oshinsky, PhD | Posted on 22 October 2014
Friday is World Polio Day, but it also marks two of the most important milestones that changed the course of the disease: the 100th anniversary of Dr. Jonas Salk's birth and the 60th anniversary of the Salk polio vaccine trials. It would take two vaccines and two fiercely competitive NYU medical school graduates — Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Albert Sabin — to eradicate polio in the US.
Drs. Salk and Sabin will be honored at NYU Langone School of Medicine's Innovations in Healthcare Symposium tomorrow and Friday.
Here, Dr. Oshinsky, who lived through the epidemic as a child, writes about polio and how it relates to today's health threats. ...